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  • 21-September-2015

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    Launch of the OECD-IEA Fossil Fuel Support Inventory 2015

    On 21 September, the OECD will release its updated 2015 inventory of fossil fuel support in OECD countries and key partner economies. The new data will be accompanied by a companion publication that provides analysis and policy recommendations.

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  • 21-September-2015

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    OECD Companion to the Inventory of Support Measures for Fossil Fuels 2015

    This publication is concerned with all policies that directly support the production or consumption of fossil fuels in OECD countries and in a selection of partner economies. It provides a useful complement to the online OECD database that identifies and estimates direct budgetary transfers and tax expenditures benefitting fossil fuels, and from which it derives summary results and indicators on support to fossil fuels, as well as policy recommendations.

    This report emphasises the problems that fossil-fuel subsidies cause in the context of broader policy efforts for mitigating greenhouse-gas emissions, and reviews the various reform initiatives that have already been taken at the international level (G-20, APEC, etc.). In addition, it presents the coverage, method and data sources used for constructing the online database, and further discusses caveats and data interpretation.

  • 16-September-2015

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    Agriculture and Climate Change Policy Note September 2015

    Policy recommendations on agriculture and climate change mitigation and adaptation from OECD, last updated September 2015.

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  • 11-September-2015

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    OECD Trade Facilitation Indicators ASEAN 2015

    OECD Trade Facilitation Indicators for the ASEAN region last updated July 2015.

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  • 4-September-2015

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    OECD News: Agriculture #8

    September 2015 agriculture newsletter from the Trade and Agriculture Directorate (OECD) featuring the latest work on issues on innovation, public goods and climate change.

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  • 28-August-2015

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    Services SMEs in the digital economy: opportunities and policy constraints

    APEC Dialogue with the OECD on Services SMEs in the digital economy: opportunities and policy constraints will take place in Cebu, Philippines, 28 August 2015.

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  • 26-August-2015

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    Public Goods and Externalities - Agri-environmental Policy Measures in Selected OECD Countries

    Agriculture is a provider of commodities such as food, feed, fibre and fuel, and it can bring both positive and negative impacts on the environment. Yet most policy measures target farm systems, inputs and practices and agricultural infrastructure (driving forces) rather than the provision of agri-environmental public goods (environmental outcomes).

    This report analyses how a handful of OECD countries (Australia, Canada, Japan, United Kingdom and the United States) defines agri-environmental public goods and sets agri-environmental targets and reference levels, and the policies they implement for targeting certain agri-environmental public goods.

  • 11-August-2015

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    Fresh Figs

    This brochure is published within the framework of the Scheme for the Application of International Standards for Fruit and Vegetables established by OECD in 1962. It comprises explanatory notes and illustrations to facilitate the uniform interpretation of the Fresh Figs Standard. This brochure illustrates the standard text and demonstrates the quality parameters on high quality photographs. Thus it is a valuable tool for the inspection authorities, professional bodies and traders interested in international trade in Fresh Figs. The electronic version of this brochure is available on the OECD website.

  • 4-August-2015

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    Innovation, Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability in Australia

    Australia’s agriculture and food industries are well placed to contribute to the economy’s future growth given the robust prospects of global food demand and the continuing high international competitiveness of these sectors. There are, however, important challenges that call for new ways to exploit agricultural resources and human capital. The decade-long decline in agricultural productivity growth needs to be overcome, coupled with the need to accommodate uncertainties about the impacts of climate change and to respond to societal demands in the areas of sustainable development and animal welfare. The agro-food sector also needs to absorb exchange-rate and cost pressures created by the mining boom. To tap additional opportunities of the higher value food segments, Australian agri-businesses need new knowledge and capabilities to seize demand signals and value opportunities, particularly from more affluent consumers in Asian markets.

  • 3-August-2015

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    Innovation, Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability in Canada

    The Canadian food and agriculture sector is for the most part competitive and export-oriented: although challenges and opportunities vary significantly between regions, primary agriculture benefits from an abundance of natural resources and faces limited environmental constraints. Negative environmental impacts of agriculture relate mainly to local water pollution by agricultural nutrients. Productivity growth, resulting from innovation and structural change, has driven production and income growth without significantly increasing pressure on resource use. Nonetheless, the capacity to innovate is crucial to take advantage of the growing and changing demand for food and agricultural products at the global level.

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